Mahtomedi coffee shop The Wild Bean is a cozy spot to catch up and enjoy classic morning flavors.
Open a coffee shop in the middle of a pandemic? Kristy and Jeff Norton were undaunted by the task. “We might be crazy to have purchased a coffee shop during a pandemic, but we have always wanted to open something like this,” says co-owner Kristy Norton. “The opportunity came—and we jumped on it!”
Kristy and Jeff had frequented the store’s location when it was the Ox and Crow Coffeehouse, and still share a close relationship with the label, now offering Ox and Crow Coffee Roasters coffee at The Wild Bean. You can enjoy their decadent roasts along with a wide selection of baked goods, including the fan-favorite cinnamon twists, scones, muffins, cookies and signature “scrappin bars.” Come on weekends for fresh doughnut offerings from the Donut Hut in Little Canada. “Jeff and I lived in Roseville when we first were married and would walk up to the Donut Hut for doughnuts many weekend mornings,” says Kristy. “It just felt right to bring a piece of our beginnings to our new shop.”
While their classic flavors and rich coffee are a clear draw for customers, the secret to their business is a community feel where everyone knows your name. “Being able to meet people in the community and learn their story is exactly what we had hoped for,” says Kristy. “We have regulars that walk in and every employee knows their order and starts making it before they step foot inside—these people make our shop and keep us motivated to open our doors every day.”